• Dispatches from the Race War

  • By: Tim Wise
  • Narrated by: Tim Wise
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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Essays on racial flashpoints, white denial, violence, and the manipulation of fear in America today.

"Drawing on events from the killing of Trayvon Martin to the Black Lives Matter protests last summer, Wise calls to account his fellow white citizens and exhorts them to combat racist power structures." (The New York Times)

“What Tim Wise has brilliantly done is to challenge white folks' truth to see that they have a responsibility to do more than sit back and watch, but to recognize their own role in co-creating a fair, inclusive, truly democratic society.” (Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow)

"Tim Wise's new book gives us the tools we need to reach people whose understanding of our country is white instead of right. And without pissing them off!" (James W. Loewen, author, Lies My Teacher Told Me)

"Tim Wise's latest is more urgent than ever. " (Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy)

"A white social justice advocate clearly shows how racism is America's core crisis. A trenchant assessment of our nation’s ills." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

"[Dispatches from the Race War] is a bracing call to action in a moment of social unrest." (Publishers Weekly)

"Dispatches from the Race War exhorts white Americans to join the struggle for a fairer society." (Chapter 16)

In this collection of essays, renowned social-justice advocate Tim Wise confronts racism in contemporary America. Seen through the lens of major flashpoints during the Obama and Trump years, Dispatches from the Race War faces the consequences of white supremacy in all its forms. This includes a discussion of the bigoted undertones of the Tea Party’s backlash, the killing of Trayvon Martin, current-day anti-immigrant hysteria, the rise of openly avowed white nationalism, the violent policing of African Americans, and more.

Wise devotes a substantial portion of the book to explore the racial ramifications of COVID-19 and the widespread protests that followed the police murder of George Floyd.

Concise, accessible chapters, most written in first-person, offer an excellent source for those engaged in the anti-racism struggle. Tim Wise’s proactive approach asks White allies to contend with - and take responsibility for - their own role in perpetuating racism against Blacks and people of color.

Dispatches from the Race War reminds us that the story of our country is the history of racial conflict and that our future may depend on how - or if - we can resolve it. “To accept racism is quintessentially American,” writes Wise, “to rebel against it is human. Be human.”

©2020 by Tim Wise (P)2021 Audible, Inc.
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Best book ever!

This book is a great continuation to Dear White America. I was hooked from the start. What an elegant yet in your face way to tell a story. A true story. The story of what we’re living today. I’ve never liked history but through Tim Wise and some other notable authors, I am learning to actually learn from REAL history and enjoy it. I was sad and angry and inspired all at once with this book. As a Mexican-American daughter of immigrant parents, I have to say that this book should be read by ALL. Our society is misinformed or not informed at all and sadly this creates and/or encourages racist people and behaviors. I have the hard copy of this book now as well and I plan to pass this book around to as many people that will read it. I will push my people to read it, to my sons and their fiancé and girlfriend so that they can feel safe and confident that their opinions and stance on so many controversial issues are valid and this will give them the knowledge to share with the rest of the world. My sons and daughters out there trying to make this world better. My heroes. I will also share this book with all my stubborn and I’ll- informed family members and friends in the hope that they will open their eyes to reality and hopefully start to change their ways before it’s too late. As Tim Wise says at the end of this book…”let it at least be said…we did not go quietly.”

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Important for everyone!

This book and all the information it delivers can be hard to listen to and difficult to process. But, if you want to learn the history of discrimination and racism in the U.S., it is very helpful. Thank you Tim Wise for not giving up on the rest of us.

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The book is for now and for tomorrow !

I love Tim Wise because he is passionate about what he believes in and hearing his read his own words brings that home. speaking the truth is power and he embraces truth in this book !

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Knowing what it means to be first…

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to everyone; however, I felt we got a taste of the author’s privilege when he spoke about the Obama presidency. I’m a registered Republican, so I completely understand disagreeing with some Obama’s policies, but I’m also a Black man and I understand what it means to be Black & first. Obama’s actions, or often inaction, made it possible for white America to see a 2nd or even 3rd Black president, something I feel the author may not have understood. To be Black and first is to carry the weight of the future as well as the past. I disagreed with some of Obama’s policies but I’m extremely proud of the man. Other than that, the book was great.

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  • Levi de Morney
  • 02-22-21

Propaganda and fall of lies

This book is what we call TDS
Every part of it is full of lies
Not digging onto science and
Not understanding the subject
And therefore misleading the reader.

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